Skip to comments.McCain takes aim at Romney's remark on Dole
Posted on 02/05/2008 11:25:47 AM PST by tomnbeverly
(CNN) Mitt Romney is backing away from a statement that seemed to denigrate former GOP presidential candidate Robert Dole, who wrote a letter to Rush Limbaugh yesterday defending the former Massachusetts governors main Republican rival, John McCain.
In a FOX interview Tuesday morning, Romney had said the former Kansas senator was probably the last person I would have wanted to have write a letter for me.
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Must be this new Conservatism where you are indignant to War Heroes...
where you stand for something one day see a poll and change your mind the next..
Where you listen to the talking heads and then adopt their same indignat rhetoric to icons of the Republican party...
Where you forget everything positive that Republicans have done in the Conservative movement and choose to harp on single divisive issues like Illegal Immigration and call anyone against your particular views a non-pureist
Show me exactly what Conservative Battle that Romney support, on piece of Legislation that he sponsored or one area that he was a strong Conservative on in his record...
Apparently Pandering is what our Conservative talking heads want... hmmm
thats no better than what you get with BILLARY>..
I have to admit that was pretty stupid of Romney.
>McCain immediately put out a statement condemning the comment, and told reporters on his campaign plane that Romney should apologize to Dole, a decorated World War II veteran, for the remark: “this is no way to end up this campaign, by attacking a genuine American war hero.”
What is this, playing the Vet card? Because you are a veteran you cannot be criticized for your political opinion?
Does McCain feel the same way about John Kerry?
Go actually read what Dole said! It the most tepid, weak, endorsement anyone has ever got!
Rush slapped McCain silly in the first hour over this private Dole letter leaked to the media. Called it a dirty trick, very Clinton Inc.
Rush Limbaugh just spent nearly an hour on just how utterly dishonest this criticism is and how “despicable” it is for Senator McCain to manipulate Senator Dole’s letter this way. The transcript to what Rush said will be posted later.
Romney can at least recognize the Dole letter for what it was.
Why would you want another 1996 or 1976 candidate like John McCain? He will not only lose the Presidency, he will lose a supermajority in the Senate and a supermajority in the House, plus lose the Supreme Court again. Go ahead, run McCain. See how many people stay away from him.
In 1996, it was Bob Dole’s turn, everybody stood aside, and we went down to defeat.
In 2008, it is supposed to be John McCain’s turn, we are all supposed to stand aside, and we will go down to defeat again.
Sorry. No sale. War heroes who are bad candidates and destined to lose are bad candidates who are destined to lose. You don’t give somebody the Republican nomination as a gesture of gratitude for their service in a war.
Frankly, I think that people should remember that Dole endorses McCain, and ask themselves if we want to lose to a Clinton again.
Mitt, Mitt, Mitt ... it’s good for you to follow and learn from FR, but don’t use what pissant says here, in public. Dude.
Yes, he did.
Must have been some staff person....
We are left with the "Three Ass Clowns of the Apocalypse", Huck, Yuck (McCain) and Suck (Romney)...
This is a fiasco looking to become a disaster when it grows up.
Yes, this was all instigated by the McCain camp.
Unnecessary statement by Romney.
The idiocy of Dole’s letter was apparent on its face.
It wasn’t and endorsement... Dole is neutral.. It was telling Rush to knock off the unfair criticism of McCain... Because Rush is trying to justify Pureist Conservatism and he is using the flip-flopping Romney puppet to do it and it simply reeks if you have a brain and can think for yourself instead of having Sean and Rush tell you how to think.
He did not MR attach Bob Dole, he talked about JM.
I know we are not supposed to use profanity, but every time JM opens his mouth the more I think he is a complete ass.
Bob dole never said anything about Romney and he never said he supported McCain.
McCain loves John Kerry and considered being his running mate.
It was a letter to Rush... OMG you people are delirious .. Rush and Sean hypnosis at work here..
How do you know Rush people didn’t give the letter to FOX?
Dole ran the most incompetent campaign of any Republican in the last 50 years. Like we should take advice from “the tax collector for the welfare state”
Yep, McCain dirty slimey trick. If he’s the nominee I’ll vote for Hillary.
I am using it to make a point it is the treatment here not the substance...
You people are becoming robots. Think for yourselves... get off the Rush and Sean bandwagons..
Being a war hero unfortunately does not win elections, not even when you run against a draft dodger. Dole is a nice guy, but him being out there might just remind people of 1996.
Frankly, if Rush wants to criticize mccain, he has every right to do so. McCain has brought it on himself, Mccain is the one who in the past few years has turned his back on republicans.
Dole specifically said that he is not endorsing anybody.
If Rush Limbaugh had stood up for THOMPSON we wouldn't be in this mess right now.
Rush can take a long walk off a short pier.
Valid, intelligent and forthright... You sir are not a Rush Head and are an independent thinker...
Well cry me a river, whine, whine, whine, whine,
McCain and his crowd are lower than Whale sh==.
most of us concluded long ago what is being said right now by Rush and Hannity, thank you very much.
I’ve shot my mouth off about Dole, but its not something you should ever do in public.
And, in any case, McCain has Dole’s faults without any of his qualities. Dole would have made a fine president, but he was the wrong man to confront Clinton. McCain is the wrong man period. He’s the wrong man to confront anyone, and he will not make a president any of us would be proud of.
Actually, to give him his due, he might be able to beat Mrs. Clinton, because I don’t consider her to be a strong candidate. In a normal world my Uncle Harry ought to be able to beat her. But if McCain has to go up against Obama, I’m going to pop some popcorn and watch the show. It will be entertaining.
Who is this “you people” you speak of? “You people” don’t need to distance yourselves from anybody just to prove how simonpure your thoughts and motives are.
Read the letter, Read the article...
Romney implied that Bob Dole telling Rush Limbaugh that McCain has supported Conservative values in the Senate and to ease off of attacking him is the last thing that Romney would want in his campaign...
What Conservative value is that from Romney?
What Conservative Value does Romney support? Not Rehetoric, Record...
Answer is NONE..
Well, actually, yes. Remember, this is McCain we're talking about.
Who is forcing people to vote for McCain? No one.
Maybe because Bob Dole admitted that they did it?
They admitted it so it makes me suspect that they did it.
Tom you are the biggest purveyor of BS that I’ve seen other than someone from DU.
Now that post I agree with ... Rush and Sean need to shut up... Let the party choose then they can digest it and say what they feel in the mean time it looks like Romney’s vast fortune works well.. Wonder what Rush and Sean are buying with their big payday’s?
No, its just that Dole is a LOSER.
He knew he couldnt win in '96,had no reason to go after it but ego, but it was his turn, so he demanded it. And Republicans being loyal lemmings, gave it to him.
Thats what we have in McCain. A 72 yr old washed up sickly old disagreeable has-been. Pox on the both of them.
McCain is the one that is lying here. Tom you are delirious.
How very childish...
Dole said so flat out on H&C last night. he sounded positively senile to my husband and i, it was scary. of course he is all for McCain, McCain is the BobDole of 2008, and the margin of defeat is likely to be about the same, as well.
I can’t stand any of ‘em...
I support my local bar on election day, cheap beer, a good cigar and a damn fine rib eye sandwich, a platform I endorse wholeheartedly.
(Though I normally like Rush I think he has been out to lunch this go around...)
Since Dole ran one of the worst campaigns in recent memory, and many people are already making comparisons between the Dole campaign and McCain (old senator, moderate/liberal, getting the nomination because it's his "turn"), I can understand what Romeny was saying.
Must be this new Conservatism where you are indignant to War Heroes...
I see you are following the McCain talking points. Any time someone says anything negative, pull out the War Hero card. Well, Mitt is not my guy (I voted for Fred), but Mitt's comment cast no aspersions on Dole's military or public service.
I'm not thrilled with either of the choices left in the race, but come November, I might be persuaded to pull a lever for Romney. If it is McCain, I will not cast a vote for president for only the 2nd time in my life. (Guess who was running the first time?) McCain gets too much joy from screwing over conservatives for me to ever trust him.
No it doesn't stick in my gullet, it make me happy, it's good for Conservatism in the long run. Why would a conservative vote for a liberal, like McCain?
You seem bound and determined to apologize for McCain and have nothing but contempt for Romney. Only makes me dig in my heels even more.
McCain? There’s so much wrong with him that there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day to tell it all. But the topper of all of it to me is that he treats his Republican “friends” like dogcrap and sucks up to the damn lousy stinkin Democrats. That’s more than enough to make me sour and I suspect Rush feels the same way.
Of course not. Vote for whomever you want. Write in Micky Mouse if that makes you happy.
It is only Democrats in Michigan who force you to vote for a certain candidate.
Hey misinformed “Dittohead” here is the letter read it.
and then answer why Romney said of Dole thats a kind endorsement I wouldn’t want.
Take the whole thing in not talking points.. think for yourself.
Wrong. Dole's run in 1996 was better than Bush41`s run in 1992. Goldwater's pathetic effort in 1964 was far and away the worst effort by a GOP nominee over the last 50 years.
If somehow Romney the liberal is nominated, it could be the all time effort in futility.